Mental illness should not be met with ignorance, segregation, and punishment

From Fellow Worker, Fall 2017

On many occasions here at Columbia Correctional Institution,
I have been subjected to “Control Status” for mental health
crises that involved me harming myself. I have witnessed it
countless times with many inmates. Me being classified as
MH-2b means, in essence, that I am seriously mentally ill and
have issues with self-harm and suicide attempts. Being
punished, ridiculed, belittled, and persecuted is a crime, and a
violation of my basic rights as a human being. I think I speak
for a lot of people here at CCI when I say that these things
must stop at all costs. Mental illness should not be met with
ignorance, segregation, and punishment, but with
understanding, help, and support.